Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #401--August 30, 2007

CAAR (Current Awareness in Aging Research) is a weekly email report produced by the Center for Demography of Health and Aging at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that helps researchers keep up to date with the latest developments in the field. For more information, including an archive of back issues and subscription information see:

http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/cdha/caar.html

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I. Data:

1. HEALTH AND RETIREMENT STUDY UPDATE: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research HRS has announced the following data update:

August 23, 2007 - 1995 AHEAD Core (Final Release, Version 2.0): Data Files Replaced

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/meta/alerts/sho_alerts.php?hfyle=dpub023&xtyp=3

Data access:

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/data/index.html

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2. INTER-UNIVERSITY CONSORTIUM FOR POLITICAL AND SOCIAL RESEARCH: ICPSR at the University of Michigan released a new dataset on Aug. 27, 2007 which may be of interest to researchers in aging. Note: Some ICPSR studies are available only to ICPSR member institutions. To find out whether your organization is a member, and whether or not it supports ICPSR Direct downloading, see:

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/membership/index.html

National Hospital Discharge Survey, 2005 (study no. 20380)

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/cocoon/ICPSR/STUDY/20380.xml

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3. BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS DATA CHARTS: "Charts from the American Time Use Survey," (August 2007). "The American Time Use Survey collects information about the activities people do during the day and how much time they spend doing them." Charts on time use by Older Americans can be found at:

http://www.bls.gov/tus/charts/home.htm#older

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II. Reports and articles:

4. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION OFFICE OF POLICY PERIODICAL, REPORT:

A. Social Security Bulletin (Vol. 67, No. 1, August 2007, .pdf and HTML format).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/ssb/v67n1/index.html

B. "OASDI (Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Disability Insurance) Monthly Statistics, July 2007" (August 2007, HTML and .pdf format).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/oasdi_monthly/2007-07/index.html

C. "SSI (Supplemental Security Income) Monthly Statistics, July 2007" (August 2007, HTML and .pdf format).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/ssi_monthly/2007-07/index.html

D. "International Update, August 2007," (August 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/intl_update/2007-08/index.html

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5. US GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORT: "Medicare Physician Payments: Medicare and Private Payment Differences for Anesthesia Services," (GAO-07-463, July 2007, .pdf format, 34p.).

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d07463.pdf

Note: This is a temporary address. GAO reports are available at:

http://www.gao.gov/docsearch/date.php

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6. CENSUS BUREAU REPORT: "Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2006," by Carmen DeNavas-Wald, Bernadette D. Proctor, and Jessica Smith (P60-233, August 2007, .pdf format, 67p.).

http://www.census.gov/prod/2007pubs/p60-233.pdf

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7. US DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY PRESS RELEASE: "Treasury, IRS Issue Proposed Regulations Outlining New Rules Restricting Benefits in Underfunded Pension Plans," (August 28, 2007). Note: A .pdf file with the proposed regulation is attached to the end of the press release:

http://www.treas.gov/press/releases/hp542.htm

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8. CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES PRESS RELEASE:

A. "CMS Issues Final Rule Prohibiting Physician Self-Referral," (August 27, 2007).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/apps/media/press/release.asp?Counter=2417

B. "Medicare Proposes New Rules for ASCS That Serve Medicare Patients," (August 24, 2007).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/apps/media/press/release.asp?Counter=2413

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9. ADMINISTRATION ON AGING PRESS RELEASE: "Eight Communities Selected to Participate in HHS Hispanic Elders Health Initiative," (August 2007).

http://www.aoa.gov/press/pr/2007/August/8_23_07.asp

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10. NEW MEXICO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REPORT: "1995 - 2004 Alzheimer's Disease in New Mexico," by Mark Mueller (April 2007, .pdf format, 4p.).

http://www.health.state.nm.us/pdf/Alzheimer%20Disease%20in%20New%20Mexico.pdf

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11. MINISTRY OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT [NEW ZEALAND] REPORT: "Positive Ageing Indicators, 2007," (August 2007, .pdf format, 152p.).

http://www.msd.govt.nz/documents/work-areas/social-research/positive-ageing-indicators-2007.pdf

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12. STATISTICS CANADA/STATISTIQUE CANADA ARTICLES:

A. "Participation of older workers," by Katherine Marshall and Vincent Ferrao (Perspectives on Labour and Income, Vol. 8, No. 8, August 2007, .pdf and HTML format, p. 5-11).

http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/75-001-XIE/2007108/articles/10303high-en.htm

B. "Public pensions and work," by Ted Wannell (Perspectives on Labour and Income, Vol. 8, No. 8, August 2007, .pdf and HTML format, p. 12-19).

http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/75-001-XIE/2007108/articles/10304high-en.htm

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13. AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING NEWS RELEASE: "15.4 million dollars (12.5 million US dollars) for new palliative care initiatives" (BM39/07, Aug.29, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 1p.).

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/mr-yr07-bm-mas039.htm

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14. AARP PRIME TIME RADIO: The following Prime Time Radio show (RealPlayer format, running times, between 23 and 30 minutes) has been added to the PTR site:

Voice for the Disabled (August 28, 2007)

http://radioprimetime.org/

Note: this is a temporary address. When new PTR shows are released, these will be available at:

http://radioprimetime.org/radioprograms.htm

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15. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCE ARTICLE ABSTRACT:

A. "Amyolid precursor protein mediates presynaptic localization and activity of the high-affinity choline transporter," by Baiping Wang, Li Yang, Zilai Wang, and Hui Zheng (Vol. 104, No. 35, August 28, 2007, p. 14140-14145).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/104/35/14140

B. "Cytochrome c oxidase deficiency in neurons decreases both oxidative stress and amyloid formation in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease," by Hirokazu Fukui, Francisca Diaz, Sofia Garcia, and Carlos T. Moraes (Vol. 104, No. 35, August 28, 2007, p. 14163-14168).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/104/35/14163

C. "Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) protects the brain against experimental stroke by preventing complement-mediated neuronal cell death," by Thiruma V. Arumugam, Sung-Chun Tang, Justin D. Lathia, Aiwu Cheng, Mohamed R. Mughal, Srinivasulu Chigurupati, Tim Magnus, Sic L. Chan, Dong-Gyu Jo, Xin Ouyang, David P. Fairlie, Daniel N. Granger, Alexander Vortmeyer, Milan Basta, and Mark P. Mattson (Vol. 104, No. 35, August 28, 2007, p. 14104-14109).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/104/35/14104

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16. SCIENCE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "A MicroRNA Feedback Circuit in Midbrain Dopamine Neurons," by Jongpil Kim, Keiichi Inoue, Jennifer Ishii, William B. Vanti, Sergey V. Voronov, Elizabeth Murchison, Gregory Hannon, and Asa Abeliovich (Vol. 317, No. 5842, August 31, 2007, p. 1220-1224).

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/317/5842/1220

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17. LANCET ARTICLE ABSTRACT, EDITORIAL, WORLD REPORT: Note: Lancet requires free registration prior to providing access.

A. "Use of calcium or calcium in combination with vitamin D supplementation to prevent fractures and bone loss in people aged 50 years and older: a meta-analysis," by Dr. Benjamin M.P. Tang, Guy D. Eslick, Prof. Caryl Nowson, Caroline Smith, and Prof. Alan Bensoussan (Vol. 370, No. 9588, August 25, 2007, p. 657-666).

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673607613427/abstract

B. "Humane and compassionate elder care as a human right," (Vol. 370, No. 9588, August 25, 2007, p. 629).

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673607613117/fulltext

C. "Experts disagree over NICE's approach for assessing drugs," by Richard Hoey (Vol. 370, No. 9588, August 25, 2007, p. 643-644).

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS014067360761321X/fulltext

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18. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL RESEARCH, LETTER, AND EDITORIAL EXTRACT:

A. "Accuracy of diagnosing atrial fibrillation on electrocardiogram by primary care practitioners and interpretative diagnostic software: analysis of data from screening for atrial fibrillation in the elderly (SAFE) trial," by Jonathan Mant, David A. Fitzmaurice, F. D. Richard Hobbs, Sue Jowett, Ellen T. Murray, Roger Holder, Michael Davies, and Gregory Y. H. Lip (Vol. 335, No. 7616, August 25, 2007, .pdf and HTML format, p. 380-382).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/335/7616/380

B. "Screening versus routine practice in detection of atrial fibrillation in patients aged 65 or over: cluster randomised controlled trial," by David A. Fitzmaurice, F. D. Richard Hobbs, Sue Jowett, Jonathon Mant, Ellen T. Murray, Roger Holder, J. P. Raftery, S. Bryan, Michael Davies, Gregory Y. H. Lip, and T. F. Allan (Vol. 335, No. 7616, August 25, 2007, .pdf and HTML format, p. 383-386).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/335/7616/383

C. "Later life's complexity needs a scalpel rather than an axe," by Desmond O'Neill (Vol. 335, No. 7616, August 25, 2007, .pdf and HTML format, p. 361-362).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/335/7616/361-b

D. "Improving the outcome of stroke," by Hugh Markus (Vol. 335, No. 7616, August 25, 2007, .pdf and HTML format, p. 359-360).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/335/7616/359

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19. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE ARTICLE EXTRACT: "Mechanisms of Anabolic Therapies for Osteoporosis," by Ernesto Canalis, Andrea Giustina, and John P. Bilezikian (Vol. 357, No. 9, August 30, 2007, p. 905-916).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/extract/357/9/905

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20. NEWSWEEK ARTICLE: "You, Too, Can Have A Bionic Body," by Mary Carmichael (September 3, 2007).

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20416766/site/newsweek/

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III. Working Papers:

21. WHARTON SCHOOL (UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA) PENSION RESEARCH COUNCIL: Note: PRC requires free registration before providing working papers.

A. "Planning and Financial Literacy: How Do Women Fare?" by Annamaria Lusardi and Olivia S. Mitchell (PRC WP 2007-17, August 2007, .pdf format, 22p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.pensionresearchcouncil.org/publications/document.php?file=388

B. "Rethinking Social Security Claiming in a 401(k) World," by James I. Mahaney and Peter C. Carlson (PRC WP 2007-18, August 2007, .pdf format, 40p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.pensionresearchcouncil.org/publications/document.php?file=389

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22. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "The Impact of Employer Matching on Savings Plan Participation under Automatic Enrollment," by John Beshears, James J. Choi, David Laibson, and Brigitte C. Madrian (w13352, August 2007, .pdf format, 24p.).

Abstract:

Existing research has documented the large impact that automatic enrollment has on savings plan participation. All the companies examined in these studies, however, have combined automatic enrollment with an employer match. This raises a question about how effective automatic enrollment would be without a direct financial inducement not to opt out of participation. This paper's results suggest that the match has only a modest impact on opt-out rates. We estimate that moving from a typical matching structure - a match of 50% up to 6% of pay contributed - to no match would reduce participation under automatic enrollment at six months after plan eligibility by 5 to 11 percentage points. Our analysis includes a firm that switched from a match to a non-contingent employer contribution. This firm's experience suggests that non-contingent employer contributions only weakly crowd out employee participation.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W13352

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23. RAND LABOR AND POPULATION PROGRAM:

A. "The Impact of Health Insurance Status on Treatment Intensity and Health Outcomes," by David Card, Carlos Dobkin, and Nicole Maestas (WR-505, August 2007, .pdf format, 29p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.rand.org/pubs/working_papers/WR505/

B. "Price Variation in Markets with Homogeneous Goods: The Case of Medigap," by Nicole Maestas, Mathis Schroeder, and Dana P. Goldman (WR-504, July 2007, .pdf format, 50p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.rand.org/pubs/working_papers/WR504/

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24. FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF CHICAGO: "Estate Taxation, Entrepreneurship, and Wealth," by Marco Cagetti and Mariacristina De Nardi (WP-2007-08, August 2007, .pdf format, 46p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.chicagofed.org/economic_research_and_data/wp_abstract.cfm?pubsID=876

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IV. Journal Tables of Contents (check your library for availability):

25. Canadian Journal on Aging (Vol. 26, No. 2, Summer 2007).

http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/canadian_journal_on_aging/toc/cja26.2.html

26. Journal of the American Geriatric Society (Vol. 55, No. 9, Sept. 2007).

http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/toc/jgs/55/9

27. Public Health (Vol. 121, No. 10, Oct. 2007).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00333506

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28. AMEDEO MEDICAL LITERATURE: Note: "AMEDEO has been created to serve the needs of healthcare professionals, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, administrators, other members of the health professions, and patients and their friends. They can easily access timely, relevant information within their respective fields... All AMEDEO services are free of charge. This policy was made possible thanks to generous unrestricted educational grants provided by AMGEN, Berlex, Eisai, Glaxo Wellcome, Novartis, Pfizer, Roche, and Schering AG."

A. Osteoporosis: Literature for the week of August 28, 2007:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/ost.htm

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of August 28, 2007:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/ad.htm

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of August 28, 2007:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/pd.htm

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of August 28, 2007:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/prc.htm

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of August 28, 2007:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/stc.htm

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of August 28, 2007:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/eye.htm

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

http://www.amedeo.com/index.htm

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V. Books:

29. SPRINGER PUBLISHING:

A. Policy and Program Planning for Older Adults Realities and Visions by Elaine T. Jurkowski (2007, ISBN10: 0826129447, ISBN13: 9780826129444, 424p.).

http://www.springerpub.com/prod.aspx?prod_id=29447

B. 101 Careers in Gerontology by C. Joanne Grabinski (2007, ISBN10: 0826115063, ISBN13: 9780826115065, 200p.).

http://www.springerpub.com/prod.aspx?prod_id=15063

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VI. Funding/Employment Opportunities:

30. NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH:

A. "Bioengineering Approaches to Energy Balance and Obesity (SBIR [R43/R44])," (PA-07-435, National Institutes of Health, in conjunction with other agencies, August 20, 2007).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-07-435.html

B. "Bioengineering Approaches to Energy Balance and Obesity (STTR [R41/R42])," (PA-07-436, National Institutes of Health, in conjunction with other agencies, August 20, 2007).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-07-436.html

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31. GERONTOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA AGEWORK.COM: Agework.com has added opportunities from Aug. 24-29, 2007 to its employment opportunities page.

http://agework.geron.org/c/search_results.cfm?site_id=312

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VII. Conferences:

32. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING CONFERENCES. AOA's Events Calendar has recently added several events. See under date and place for the following new listings:

http://www.aoa.gov/press/events/events.asp

Sept. 19 Multiple Sites Nationwide,DC (Supporting Caregivers Across the Lifespan)

Oct. 17-19 Atlanta, GA

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VIII. Websites of Interest:

33. PANEL STUDY OF INCOME DYNAMICS BIBLIOGRAPHY UPDATE: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research PSID has recently added the following item to its bibliography. The entire bibliography can be searched or browsed in various ways at:

http://psidonline.isr.umich.edu/Publications/Bibliography/default.aspx

Conde-Ruiz, J. Ignacio and Profeta, Paola. The Redistributive Design of Social Security Systems. The Economic Journal. 2007; 117(April):686-712.

Willson, Andrea E, and Shuey, Kim M. Cumulative Advantage Processes as Mechanisms of Inequality in Life Course Health. American Journal of Sociology. 2007; 112(6):1886-1924.

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34. THE TRIP OVER: "The Trip Over: Notes on the road to Alzheimer's," is a web site created by Dr. Don Hayen. Dr. Hayen, who lives in California, was recently diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease. This blog, written by Dr. Hayen and his brother, describes their experience with the disease. The blog can be found at:

http://www.thetripover.com/

More information about the blog can be found in this Chicago Sun-Times article:

http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/health/529636,CST-NWS-alz27.article

Thanks,

Charlie

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Charlie Fiss
Information Manager
Center for Demography and Ecology and
Center for Demography of Health and Aging
Rm. 3329 Social Science Bldg
1180 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1393
Phone: (608) 265-9240
Fax: (608) 262-8400
Email: fiss@ssc.wisc.edu

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